Basic Biographical Details

Name: George Simpson
Born: 16 September 1860
Died: 21 July 1944
Bio Notes: George Simpson was the son of James Simpson, architect, Leith. James Simpson was born in 1831 and was burgh architect and assessor in Leith and for the first few years of its existence architect to Leith School Board. He married Margaret Matilda Boak born in 1840 who died 19 July 1883. Simpson himself died in 1894 and was succeeded in these offices by their son, born c.1861. The Leith appointments came to an end when that burgh was incorporated into the City of Edinburgh in 1920 but George continued to have a fairly successful practice. He was a member of the Edinburgh Architectural Association. He died at his home in Oxgangs Road, Fairmilehead, in 1944.

[George Simpson designed a house for Arthur Sanderson, the wine merchant, at 25 Learmonth Terrace. It seems probable that there was some prior contact between architect and client in Leith where Sanderson had a warehouse for storing imported wines. ]

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 813, Goldenacre Terrace, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)c. 1891c. 1892 
Item 2 of 831, Charlotte Street, Leith, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1895c. 1910 
Item 3 of 8West Villa, Ferry Road, Bangholm, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivatec. 1903c. 1921 
Item 4 of 835, Charlotte Street, Leith, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1911c. 1920 
Item 5 of 84, Hill Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1922c. 1929 
Item 6 of 814, Randolph Crescent, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivatec. 1926  
Item 7 of 830, Rutland Square, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 1929c. 1931 
Item 8 of 8Wold Rig, Oxgangs Road, Lothianburn, Edinburgh, ScotlandBusinessc. 19321944Probably cotinued in a small way at his home - but retired completely by c1939

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1Leith Town Architect's Office (or Leith Burgh Architect's Office)18941920Chief Architect 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 4John Wright Ford14 March 19081913ApprenticeIn Leith Burgh Architect's Office
Item 2 of 4John Wright Ford1913November 1920AssistantIn Leith Burgh Architect's Office
Item 3 of 4Alexander BlackSeptember 1919April 1920DraughtsmanIn Leith Town Architect's Office
Item 4 of 4David Proctor BeeJanuary 1929March 1929Assistant 

Buildings and Designs

This was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 13 218-240 and 241-243 Ferry Road  EdinburghScotlandFor Leith Council under 1919 Act
Item 2 of 13189211-14 Maritime StreetLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 3 of 131894Town house with warehouse to rear  EdinburghScotland 
Item 4 of 131896Leith Victoria Public BathsLeith EdinburghScotland 
Item 5 of 131903Leith Sheriff CourtLeith EdinburghScotlandExtension at 39-41 Queen Charlotte Street
Item 6 of 131910Memorial Fountain, Starbank ParkTrinity EdinburghScotland 
Item 7 of 13c. 1920Local authority housingDunbar East LothianScotland 
Item 8 of 131923Leith HospitalLeith EdinburghScotlandNew wing in Taylor gardens replacing Peddie's poorhouse (see separate entry for the latter) - Taylor Gardens Memorial block
Item 9 of 13192549 Houses, Granton RoadWardie EdinburghScotland 
Item 10 of 131925Bangholm Villas  EdinburghScotland 
Item 11 of 131926Ferniesyde, Murrayfield Drive  EdinburghScotland 
Item 12 of 131927Town HouseDunbar East LothianScotlandExtension block to north
Item 13 of 131929Housing DunbarDunbar  Scotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 2Post Office Directories     
Item 2 of 2RIBA1939The RIBA Kalendar 1939-1940 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this :
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Scotsman22 September 1944  Obituary p3